On November 21, the Assembly Committee on Judiciary held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 479 relating to expediting criminal proceedings when a victim is an elder person and preserving the testimony of a crime victim or witness who is an elder person. The bill's author, Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point), highlighted the importance of addressing this issue due to the, "huge spike in elder abuse cases in recent years." Sen. Testin referenced a statistic from a past criminal justice response working group that identified, "victims of elder abuse have a 300 percent higher risk of death when compared to those who have not experienced abuse." Helen Marks Dicks of AARP Wisconsin spoke in support emphasizing the trials and tribulations that this population experiences when victimized.

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